WNBA Shockwave Dancer

AAW junior Francisco Thurston could be wrapping up his first season as a WNBA Shockwave Dancer. The Detroit Shock are currently 5th place in the Eastern Conference and are vying for the last spot in the play-offs. If the Detroit Shock make the play-off's, Francisco will continue on with the season as a Shockwave Dancer, until it's all done. But for now, come check out Francisco in the last five remaining home games, at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Sunday, August 7th, 2005, 7:00 P.M.
Tuesday, August 9th, 2005, 7:30 P.M.
Thursday, August 11th, 2005, 7:30 P.M.
Sunday, August 21st, 2005, 5:00 P.M.
Thursday, August 25th, 2005, 7:30 P.M.

Ticket prices range from $10.00-$89.00.

The Detroit Shock have 11 games to make themselves a part of the WNBA Play-Off Series. Go support a fellow Arts Academy student at one of the games - make a sign, bring some friends, get some family to go with you!

AAW Students and Faculty in "Seussical - The Musical"

AAW students Jillian Bundy, Katie Cusmano, Laura Gruca and Jonathan Keck as well as vocal teacher Lindsey Martin will be performing in this summer's Warren Civic Theatre production of "Seussical - The Musical." The production will run on:
Fri Aug 5 & 12, 8:00 p.m.
Sat Aug 6 &13, 8:00 p.m.
Sun Aug 7 & 14, 2:00 p.m
in the The Warren Woods Auditorium; located in the Warren Woods Middle School at 12 Mile Road and Schoenner. Additionally, the Sunday Aug 7th Matinee is "Macomb Daily Kids Day", where all pre-purchasedtickets are $2.00 off.

Tickets are available for $10, $6 and $4 (except for prepurchased Sun Aug 7, which are $8, $4 and $2) and can be charged with Visa/Mastercard by calling Warren Parks and Rec at (586) 268-8400 or by stopping by the Warren Community Centre, 5460 Arden, Warren, 48093 (between 13 & 14 Mile roads, between Mound and Ryan.)

Please note: Jillian Bundy and Ms. Martin are double cast and will be performing on Friday, the 5th, Sunday, the 7th and Saturday, the 13th only, for those who may want to see them perform.

Students Perform at Disney World

On Tuesday, June 14, the AAW Madrigals performed two short concerts in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The group was chosen through an audition process and was selected to perform in the Hall of the Presidents rotunda. The performances and trip were a great success!

Detroit Festival of the Arts

Jackie Alson and Dorian Palazzola ran a booth in the youth artists' section of the 2005 Detroit Festival of the Arts, selling block prints and photographs. They both made multiple sales, and Jackie had inquiries about commissioning a series, as well as working for a local women's magazine.

Congratulations to the Class of 2005

On May 22, 2005, our first class of seniors from the Arts Academy in the Woods graduated. The ceremony included student and faculty performances from the Dance, Theatre, and Music Departments, as well as displays from the Visual Arts and Technology Arts Departments.

Our parents' group, FAPAPA, funded scholarships for outstanding students from each arts area. Recipients were: Joann Dietz, 2 Dimensional Arts; Peggy Kittila, 3 Dimensional Arts; Crystalyn Tappen, Dance; Jenny Gubin, Vocal Music; Sean Murray, Guitar; Claire Jakubiszyn, Theatre; Joe Vanatta, Theatre Tech; Brandon Langford, Instrumental Music; and Lindsay Crull, Technology Arts.

Emilie Lewandowski (shown above) is the Arts Academy's first Valedictorian, with a GPA of 3.97. Claire Jakubiszyn was the Salutitorian, with a GPA of 3.93.

Dorian Palazzola received the Founder's Scholarship ($2,000 a year while attending a 4-year college). The Founder's Scholarship is given to a senior who has done the most to support and advance the mission and success of the school, and who has given unselfishly to assist other students, staff and administration - while being a positive role model for other students to follow.

Social Studies Students Win Recognition

Ricky Taylor and Jermesha Johnson are the winners of a creative writing contest on the theme “America without a Bill of Rights” sponsored by the local branch of the American Civil Liberties Union. As first place winner for his very creative (and chilling) short story, Ricky wins $250 and a plaque. As a winner in the Honorable Mention category for her political cartoon, Jermesha will receive a certificate of achievement.

Last month, Sara Fournier participated in a state-wide event for high achieving Government students at Albion College called Operation Bentley. She was graded on her participation in the simulation and a very rigorous final exam. Sara earned an A-.

Graduation Photos available

If you weren't able to get photos during graduation, Mrs. Mantey is selling copies as a fundraiser for her department ($1.00 for 4x6, $3.00 for 5x7, $5 for 8x10). You can contact her at manteyr@yahoo.com to make arrangements to order them. We took some performance photos, each student with Mr. Walker, and most of the speeches.

Yearbooks have arrived

Seniors who ordered a yearbook can pick them up this week at the school (see Mrs. Mantey). Any copies that aren't picked up will get mailed to your homes next week.

Benefit Performance for AAW

Fine and Performing Arts Parents Association (FAPAPA) of Arts ACademy in the Woods presents a Benefit Performance of "Sweet Charity" a musical production performed by locally renowned St. Dunstan's Theatre Guild of Cranbrook. Admission includes a 12:30 strolling brunch accompanied by performances by AAW Students and Friends, and a 2:00 performance of "Sweet Charity."

The performance is on Sunday, June 12, on Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Tickets are $15 for students and $20 for adults. Contact 248-613-5377 or 248-540-8439 for information and tickets. A portion of each ticket is tax deductible. All proceeds to benefit Arts Activities and Programs at Arts Academy in the Woods.

AAW Student to perform at the National Cathedral in D.C.

Evan Pardue, a junior, is singing with the St. Paul Cathedral Choirs at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C on June 24.

AAW Student receives Scholarship to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp

Crystal Lukowski has received a scholarship to attend the Blue Lake Fine Arts Ballet Camp this summer. This will be the second time she has received a scholarship to attend the camp and she is looking forward to the intensive dance training again.

AAW Student Accepted for Teaching Position

Sophomore Dalton Tosolt has accepted a teaching position in the summer program at Friends School in Detroit. He will be teaching fine arts to students up to age twelve

College Acceptance Letters Starting to Arrive

New Additions: Emily Trupiano has been accepted to the Vet Tech program at Macomb County Community College.

Kristina Annoyianakis has been accepted at the San Francisco Art Institute, at Columbia College, Chicago, and at Eastern Michigan University. Ray Bundy has been accepted to Wayne State University with a Technical Theatre scholarship. Jessica Ruth has been accepted at Bennington College. Julie Casey has been accepted at Aquinas College with a scholarship, and at Marlboro College. Angelina DeAngelo has been accepted to Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. Vince Finazzo has been accepted at Columbia College in Chicago. Sarah Holtz has accepted Western Michigan University. Claire Jakubiszyn has been accepted at College of the Atlantic, Antioch College and Marlboro College (all with 4-year merit scholarships). Peggy Kittila has been accepted at Ohio State with a scholarship. Brandon Langford has been accepted at Alma College. Emilie Lewandowski has been accepted to Michigan State University's ROIAL, to Eastern Michigan University with a $10,400 Regent's scholarship, and to Western Michigan University, with a $4,800 Medallion Scholarship and a $12,000 Dean's Scholarship (Emilie is waitlisted in their Musical Theatre Program, where only 12 people are accepted and 8 are on the waiting list out of about 150 applicants). Bobby McManus has been accepted to Berkeley School of Music with a scholarship. Dale Mihalovich was accepted into Wayne State’s Music Department with a 4-year scholarship for Music Theory and Composition. Amanda Pawlowicz has received full scholarships to Marygrove College. Lauryn Pennington has received full scholarships to Marygrove College. Heather Romeo has been accepted to Wayne State University. Melissa Sell has been accepted Western Michigan University, and Adrian College. Megan Smallridge received a talent scholarship to Marygrove College. Crystalyn Tappen has received a full scholarship to attend Eastern Michigan University. Amy VanBecelaere has been accepted into Adrian College with both a Dean Scholarship and a Musical Theater Scholarship. Luke Weist has been accepted to Landmark College in Vermont. Star Wilfinger has received a full scholarship to Marygrove College. Nora Wright has been accepted at Columbia College in Chicago.

If you have updates for this section, please send an email so we can add it to our site.

AAW Traveling Troupe - On the Road Again

Arts Academy Traveling Troupe will once again be performing their short play, "Ugly", on Thursday May 5th, at 1:00. This performance and talk back will be held at Lincoln Elementary.

AAW student accepted to U of M program at Interlochen

Junior Kirsten Peninger has been accepted to the University of Michigan All-State Choir Camp at Interlochen this summer. Kirsten sent in an audition CD in December, singing an Italian art song, and was selected to sing as an alto in the Girls' Choir. She will be attending camp June 26th through July 9th.

Senior Recital: Raquel Davenport

Raquel Davenport will be performing three solos for her senior recital, one which will include dancers from the Arts Academy Dance Department, and also three duets: one saxophone duet and two piano accompaniments. The performance will be in the AAW auditorium, Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 7:00 pm.

More upcoming senior recitals are listed on the Instrumental Music Page.

AAW Student selected for Shockwave Dance Team

After two rigorous days of auditioning hip hop choreography, 10th Grade Sophomore, Francisco Thurston has been selected out of 44 finalists, to be on the Professional Urban Hip Hop Co-ed WNBA Shockwave Dance Team for the 2003 World Champion Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) Detroit Shock Basketball team, where he will perform at half time, act as a spirit squad member on the sidelines, and have some fun in the crowd at points during the game with a squad from 18-20 members.

Yearbook Sales

This year's yearbook has been sent to the publisher. We expect them to be delivered on June 6th. Based on last year's sales numbers, we ordered 100 books. Sales are first come - first served. Order forms are in the front office under the teacher mailboxes.

Instrumental Students attend State Solo and Ensemble Festival

Congratulations to AAW Students Laurel Fraczkowski, French Horn, and Benjamin Hastings, Trombone. They both received First Division Ratings at State Solo and Ensemble on March 19 at Harrison High School in Farmington. At State Festival, students participate in a “Proficiency” Examination. This year, Junior Fraczkowski went at the Proficiency II Level, and Hastings at the Proficiency III Level. Students perform a solo, then sight read, and then play major and minor scales for a professional judge who rates the overall performance. Good work, you two, as usual! Your hard work and dedication to music is a joy for all who listen!

42nd Street

Laura Gruca and Mary Gerlach will be appearing in De La Salle's "42nd Street." Performances are at Roseville Junior High, April 14, 15 and 16, 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 for the 14th and $15 for the 15th and 16th.

2005-2006 Course Selection

The 2005-2006 Course Selection Process has begun this week at Arts Academy in the Woods. By Thursday, April 7th, all students will have a course selection sheet to fill out for the 2005-2006 school year. All students must check a sufficient number of classes to equal 7 credits for the year. Once the form is completed, both students and their parents are required to sign the form and then students must return this form to their Homeroom teacher (3rd Hour) prior to Thursday, April 14, 2005.

Soup Du Jour

Arts Academy in the Woods Drama and Music Departments Present ...

April 29 & 30, 7:30 PM, AAW Auditorium
Adults - $8.00, Student - $6.00, Child - $4.00

A classic recipe for love and laughs! Preset the stage to Bailey's Restaurant, New York City, 1939. Start with a young restaurateur on the eve of his wedding. Whip him into a light frenzy by adding a gold-digging fiancée. Turn up the heat with an undercover reporter posing as a waitress and bring the whole thing to a boil with a bitter food critic. Stir in a generous helping of savory songs and delicious dialogue and the result is a theatrical feast the critics call "sinfully hilarious...filled with hope, love, chemistry, betrayal, and suspense...a true-must-see. Soup du Jour is crème de la crème!" -- Del Rio Sun


Nathan Montgomery and the New Groove in Concer

AAW faculty member Nathan Montgomery, along with Terry Dangerfield and Clint Sabon, will be performing a benefit concert at Arts Academy in the Woods. The show will include a solo acoustic performance by Nathan as well as a performance with his modern jazz/funk trio "The New Groove" which features Nathan playing bass guitar and keyboard simultaneously.

The show will be at 7pm, April 18th; a $5 donation at the door to benefit the AAW guitar program is requested.

For more information, visit: www.nathanmontgomery.com or call (586) 427-4569.

Concert Choir attends Choir Festival

Congratulations to the members of Concert Choir who participated in MSVMA District 16 Choir Festival on March 15 at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts. The group received straight 'First Division' ratings from all three performance judges and straight "I's" in sight reading! Concert Choir will now begin to prepare for State Choral Festival in Lansing which will be held either May 3 or 4.

Inside the Arts Studio

AAW students recently provided the “talent” for a community class project - “Inside the Arts Studio” - at Community Media Network (CMN) in Troy. A class of individuals from Oakland County was completing a project in cable television production and invited students to perform for a variety and informational program about the arts. AAW students who participated were: Crystalyn Tappen, Kalanji Diop II , Lauren Pennington, Earl Anderson, Christian Johnson, Cortez Anderson, and Carmen Sollars.

The class is now in the process of editing the program to be aired on Community Media Network in 12 communities in Oakland County. Frank Sollars, AAW parent, is a member of the CMN class and hopes to produce more programs featuring AAW and many more students.

2005 AAW Gala Fashion Show, April 15, 2005

The Gala fashion show extravaganza is a student initiated fundraiser led by Josh Karchin, Francisco Thurston, Michaela Groh, Jeff Jimison, Angie Gillingham, and Kristina Anoyiannakis.

The Gala will feature fine food provided by Barrister Gardens. The evening will also include a silent Auction and Fashion show, interspersed with artistic performances featuring AAW students who will dance, sing and play a variety of musical selections. Students' visual art will also be displayed at the Gala.

The Gala will be held at Barrister Gardens, 24225 Harper Avenue, St. Clair Shores. The doors open at 6pm and the dinner begins at 7pm. Ticket prices are $30 for adults, $20 for students, $8 for children under 12 and children under 4 are free. Questions? Please call: Barbara Karchin at (313) 640-0963 or e-mail at barbarakarchin@yahoo.com.

Students perform "Uuugly"

The Arts Academy Traveling Troupe performed their first show on Thursday, March 3rd at Carlson Elementry. The script they are using is an original piece of work called "Uuugly" and calls for talent in both acting and dance. After the show, the actors and technical staff led a "talk back" about the show and moral issues presented in it.

Playwrites/Directors/Stage Management: Becky McMellen, Jeff Jimison, Lynda McChesney, Kirsten Peninger, and Amelia Vance.

Actors: Danny Goodwin, Fransisco Thurston, Earl Anderson, Christian Johnson, Katie Kilgore, Rebecca McMellen, Jeff Jiminson, Evan Pardue, Isabelle Weiss, and Mary Gerlach.

Fire Fabulon Show at the Scarab Club

Freshman Alex Bojcuniak (pictured above) performed with the Fire Fabulon Troupe at the Scarab Club in Detroit on Feb 26. The performance included Fire Eating, Poi, and Long Staff acts.

AAW Dance Department receives praise from Marygrove College

Letter to Francesca Pileci, AAW Dance Director, from John Ambrose of Marygrove College, which held an audition workshop on February 4: "Francesca, we really enjoyed your students and were astounded at their skill level and technique capability. If my colleagues will allow me to speak on their behalf, they commented how we would love to have each of the students join our dance program. We obviously are looking for talented individuals, but also look for students who are teachable and display critical thinking skills. All of your students did that!"

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

On Wednesday, February 23, 2005, twenty two new inductees were installed into the National Honor Society chapter at the Arts Academy. Membership in this chapter is based on the four NHS cardinal principles: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Candidates eligible for election to the chapter are required to have a cumulative scholastic grade point average of 3.3 or better. This level of achievement must then remain constant throughout their high school years. The ceremony was presented by advisers Dave Luedtke and Lindsey Martin, as well as with the help of Ben Walker, Alison Dickens, Russanne Bucci, and already installed member Lauryn Pennington.

The following students are now official members of the first class of the Arts Academy NHS chapter: Jackie Alson, Kaitlyn Dalton, Sara Fournier, Laurel Fraczkowski, Mary Gerlach, Vittoria Gurski, Brittany Hoyles, Kaitlin Keyes, Katie Kilgore, Emilie Lewandowski, Crystal Lukowski, Rebecca McMellen, Ashley Nehls, Amanda Pawlowicz, Kirsten Peninger, Ashley M. Roberts, Melissa Sell, Ricky Taylor, Amy VanBecelaere, Amelia Vance, Danielle Walker, and Isabelle Weiss.

Vocal Solo and Ensemble Festival Results

On February 11 and 12, 8 soloists and 2 ensembles performed in Vocal Solo & Ensemble Festival at Lake Orion High School. All students performed very well! Those who received Division I ratings will now have the opportunity to go to State Vocal Solo & Ensemble. Congratulations to everyone for much hard work and dedication!

Division I Ratings:

Kirsten Peninger
Carmen Sollars
Ricky Taylor
Amelia Vance
Broadway Bound Show Choir

Division II Ratings:

Kaitlyn Dalton
Angelina DeAngelo
Michaela Groh
Susan Pitcock

On With The Show

Junior Kirsten Peninger is one of 50 students selected nationwide to participate in Bravo TVs "On With The Show" event. Kirsten will travel to New York City in April for three days of intensive training with Broadway professionals - choreographers, directors, and performers - culminating in a live performance on Broadway. In addition, AAW will receive a $1000 grant to help fund the school's arts programs.

AAW student to appear in "Two by Two"

Junior Kirsten Peninger has been cast as Rachel in Richmond Community Theatre's production of the Richard Rodgers' musical "Two By Two". The show, a retelling of the story of Noah and the Ark, has been described by one critic as "rich in comedy, full of melody and that rare ingredient - heart." Show dates are February 18, 19, 25, and 26 at 8:00pm and February 20 and 27 at 2:00pm. Ticket prices are $15.00 for adults and $13.00 for students and seniors. Ticket reservations can be made by calling Richmond Community Theatre at 586-727-9518.

Rummage Sale

Thursday and Friday, February 17th and 18th 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, a Rummage Sale will be held by FAPAPA (the parents group) to benefit AAW. Please search for items and encourage friends and relatives to donate items for the sale. Items may be brought in after school this Friday or Tuesday next week (10:00 am on). We will accept clothes gently used, household items, appliances in working order and furniture. Sorting will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday.

If you have any grocery bags, brown paper bags, or racks we could borrow to hang clothes on we would surely appreciate it. We will be using the cafeteria for the sale. Students and parents are encouraged to come for even a couple hours to help next week. Students can have the hours logged with Mr. Vance for community service hours.

"College Goal Sunday" on February 13

Financial aid experts will help people fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at Macomb Community College. This is an important and free service for seniors and their parents. The US Department of Education FAFSA website is www.fafsa.ed.gov.

WJR Radio Interview Arts Academy students

Radio spots touting the Arts Academy are currently being aired on 760 WJR. Students Jeff Jimison, Lynda McChesney, and Amelia Vance offer their thoughts on why they love their school. Parent Joanna McChesney reported, "I heard Lynda and Jeff's ad this morning and Amelia and Jeff's this afternoon. It sounds very impressive! They did a great job!" And from parent Beverly Butler: "My husband and I have both heard the AAW ad on WJR. It sounds great! Our thanks and compliments to those responsible for putting that together."

AAW Theater Department presents "Final Dress Rehearsal"

Bring the whole family to see "Final Dress Rehearsal", a farce in One Act by Jake Frakes. An amateur theatrical group is putting on the production of Cinderella, an up-dated version, and all the things which can go wrong at the final dress rehearsal goes wrong. The distraught director tries to keep everything going smoothly, but Cinderella arrives late, the Prompter wants to play, the sassy stage crew is noisy, and the author feels his play is being ruined. Once the rehearsal gets started, the stepsisters are late on cue, the sound-effects are played at the wrong time, the Messenger person crashes her scooter and the Fairy Godmother can’t find her wand. The rehearsal ends in chaos, but they practice a curtain call, anyway.

Thurs and Fri, Jan. 27 and 28 at 8:00 pm; Admission is $4.00 at the door. AAW Students $3.00. 12 & under FREE.

Student Bench Project

All nine student benches have been donated. Mrs. Dyer reports that "The first bench is almost completed. The students are really doing a wonderful job on the benches and each will be unique to the art area or academic subject that is represented. When they are all completed we'll attach a dedication plaque on each with the engraving of the donor's names. The benches will be a beautiful addition to the school and everyone is looking forward to their completion."

The Student Benches Project was Mrs. Dyer's great idea to provide our students and visitors with a place to sit in our entrance hallway. The nine benches will each be uniquely decorated based on the themes of Theater Arts, Dance, Fine Arts, Technology Arts, Music Arts, and the academic core subjects of Science, Math, Language Arts, and Social Studies. Teachers, parents, and friends of the school donated $215 for each bench. Students working on this project will accrue hours toward their community service credit.

Fox2 News covers AAW

Fox2 News will be airing a segment on the Arts Academy on Sunday, Jan 16 at 10:00. It will air again on Wednesday, Jan 19 at noon. Several students and parents were interviewed for the story, as well as Mrs. Dyer. The FOX 2 cameraman who filmed students on January 4th performing in their art was very impressed. "I just love this school," he kept saying.

Instrumental Students at the Power Center in Ann Arbor, Saturday, January 22

Jeff Jimison was selected as a winner for the Michigan Music Educator’s Association’s Composition Concert Competition. Mr. Boyd's Instrumental students will be performing at the Power Center in Ann Arbor on Saturday, January 22, at 9 a.m., for a large group of Michigan Music Educators.

Mr. Boyd said, "This is a great honor for us, and we are very proud of Jeff for making this possible. It is major exposure for us, and we are getting uniforms so that we make a good presentation. We will be selling candy and 'scratch tickets' to earn the money for our uniforms, which will cost us $2100." If parents can help sell/buy candy, that would be great. Mr. Boyd also needs people to go to the concert and pass out PR stuff at this major venue for music education.

Open House, Wednesday Jan 19, from 6:30 tp 7:30pm

Parents and students will have an opportunity to tour the school, visit the art classrooms and observe what these programs are like. Parents and students will hear about the school and its mission, meet the staff, see student performances and get their questions asked as they consider if they are right for the Arts Academy in the Woods for future enrollment.

Financial Aid Presentation and Instrumental Concert, Jan 13

Judy Florian who is the Director of Financial Aid at Macomb Community College and a new member of the AAW Board of Directors, will be presenting this very important informational program for parents and students who are college-bound. Although the program is focused on helping juniors and seniors prepare for obtaining college financial aid, it never hurts for the freshmen and sophomores and their parents to get this information as early as possible. This presentation will be at 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. followed by the Instrumental Concert at 7:30 p.m.

Tech Director for Bye Bye Birdie at Fraser High School

Mr. Luedtke is the tech director and scenic designer for Fraser High School’s upcoming performance of Bye Bye Birdie. Shows are $5 for students, $7 for adults, on Thursday 11/18, Friday 11/19, and Saturday 11/20.

Anything Goes

Lynda McChesney, Amelia Vance, and Laura Gruca are all in the play "Anything Goes", with OnOurOwn Productions. Ray Bundy and Dave Luedtke are doing tech work. The show will be held at the Mt. Clemens High School Auditorium, and tickets are $10.00 for adults, $7.00 for children. For more information, please call 586-582-9141.

Show dates and times are: October 29 @ 7:30pm, October 30 @ 7:30pm, November 5 @ 7:30pm, and November 6 @ 7:30pm.

AAW student to appear in "Rigoletto"

Junior Kirsten Peninger has been cast in a supernumerary role in Michigan Opera Theatre's production of "Rigoletto" at the Detroit Opera House. Supers have silent, walk-on roles in productions, and Kirsten will be performing in the opening scene of the opera. As described on the Michigan Opera Theatre website, "Verdi’s dramatic tragedy spins the woeful tale of Rigoletto, a razor-tongued court jester. As the plot twists, the power of a curse is realized and Rigoletto is left holding the broken shards of his sad life."

Show dates and times are: October 23 @ 8:00pm, October 24 @ 2:00pm, October 27 @ 7:30pm, October 29 @ 8:00pm, October 30 @ 8:00pm, and October 31 @ 2:00pm. Sat: Oct 23, 8:00 PM

Piano Performance

AAW freshman Zachary Siebel will be playing the organ at the St. John Church in Fraser (located at 14 mile and Utica) on October 10, 8:00 am and 11:00 am and October 11, 7:00 pm.

God's Trombones

Seven Negro Sermons in Verse, by James Weldon Johnson. These beloved poems by one of the great African American preachers and theologians of the last century will receive dramatic readings by Melanie Harris and Dr. Silas Norman. In a format for presentation suggested by Johnson himself, the poems will be interspersed with settings of traditional African American spirituals and gospel songs, performed by the combined Cathedral Choirs.

Evan Pardue, a junior at the Arts Academy in the Woods, will be performing in the choir. The performance is at The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 4800 Woodward Ave, Detroit. Suggested donation at the door is $10 (adults, $8 (students and seniors) and $25 (families).

Iron Jawed Angels at the Arts Academy

Students running the voter registration drive at our school have organized a movie/voter registration night at the Arts Academy. September 24, they will be showing Iron Jawed Angels, a movie which tells the story of how defiant and brilliant young activists Alice Paul, played by Hillary Swank, and Lucy Burns, played by Frances O'Connor, took the women's suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote. The movie is free to the public, and will begin at 7pm.

This is part of a larger student initiative to register voters. Teams of AAW students have been traveling to area high schools to register students to vote, and have conducted "train-the-trainer" sessions, to help students at other school conduct their own voter registration drives.

2D Art IV Field Trip: “Urban Blight” and C-Pop Gallery

Mr. Jacobi’s 2D Art IV class recently took a field trip to Detroit to take photographs for a project they are working on, titled “Urban Blight”. The students will be producing a series of paintings of old buildings that are in an advanced state of decay, using the photographs as reference. These buildings are located on Beaubien, Brush, and John R between Palmer and East Grand Boulevard. The kids had a great time exploring the visual qualities of these old buildings, and also enjoyed discussing the history of the area.

The class continued on to Belle Isle, where more photos were taken for another project. Next stop: Cass Café near Wayne State University for lunch. The Cass Café features a series of ongoing art exhibits, which the students were very interested in.

The final destination for the day was the C-Pop art gallery. C-Pop features a wide range of contemporary “pop” art, and is nationally recognized as one of the truly “cutting edge” galleries in the country. The current exhibit is by the artist known as BASK, who graciously made himself available to discuss his artwork with the class. Gallery owner Tom Thewes, a highly regarded artist in his own right, was also present. Mr. Thewes gave the kids some insight into the contemporary art scene in general, and more specifically into the contemporary pop movement, which includes among other things, a school of art sometimes referred to as “Lowbrow”, a reaction to the minimalist/conceptual “highbrow” art favored by the New York art intelligentsia. Mr. Thewes also treated the class to a visit to his private art studio above the gallery.


Students comment on the trip:
“The field trip to downtown Detroit was absolutely amazing. It was honestly one of the best days of my life! Not only did we take inspiring pictures, but we also got to go the C-Pop gallery, which inspired me to become an artist when I grow up. The reason I came to this school was to get a good art education and going on this field trip really made me proud to be a part of this school.” – Dorian Palazzola

“This is the reason why I go to an arts school, for experiences like this.” – Sarah Holtz.

Benefit Pancake Supper

To Benefit the Arts Academy Instrumental Music Department
September 29 and 30, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. (The Evening of Parent Teacher Conferences) Tickets are available from any AAW Instrumental Music Student, or at the door. Advance ticket sales are recommended for numbers count. $8 donation goes to purchase badly needed instruments for the department.

Dinner will include: Pancakes, Sausages, and Beverages!
Sponsored by the AAW Instrumental Music Boosters.

Holiday Concert at Stevenson High School

Holiday Concert: Twas the Night Before Christmas with the Lake St. Clair Symphony Orchestra (LSCSO)… a new and exciting Christmas extravaganza with music of the season and holiday treats for everyone…give your family a new tradition…Christmas with the LSCSO, the AAW Dance Company, and choirs to be announced. Featuring performers from AAW, December 4th, 2004. This concert is supported by The Michigan Council for the Arts.

The Ellen Kayrod Gallery Presents:

Peggy Kittila will be showing work at the Ellen Kayrod Gallery as part of the Encounter/exchange: An Intergenerational Art Venture, from August 27 - October 1, 2004.

Opening Reception
Friday August 27, 2004
3:00-8:00 pm

Two intergenerational projects by current and former Wayne State University art students, in collaberation with senior artists will be featured. In addition to these projects, invited Detroit-area artists will exhibit.

Peggy won First place and Best of Show at the Michigan State Fair for both a pop tab shirt and a chain maille shirt, her chain maille glove won First Place, and her decorative chain maille hand flower won Third Place.

Arts Academy Family Pot Luck Picnic

You’re Invited to An Arts Academy in the Woods Family Potluck Picnic for students (current and new) and their families, sponsored by FAPAPA (Fine and Performing Arts Parents Association).

What: A day at the park! Summing. Volleyball. Tennis. Basketball. A Sandy Beach on Lake St. Clair. And of course, food.

When: Saturday, August 21st, 2004, Noon to 4pm

Where: Grosse Pointe Farms, Pier Park Pavilion (building with the roof) Located at the end of Moross and Lakeshore (Jefferson)

Bring: Your bathing suit and towel (maybe goggles), Sunglasses, Sunscreen.

A dish to share to feed 10-12 people: grill foods, salad, soft drinks, rolls, dessert, veggies, munchies (chips, dips or whatever suits your taste buds), condiments, paper goods. ...And great weather !

Please R.S.V.P. by telephone or e-mail to: Barbara Karchin or Ramona Lukowski by August 15th with your family name, and what dish/item you will be bringing to share. (If you don’t bring a dish, you will be requested to make a $5 donation.)

Barbara Karchin (313) 640-0963; e-mail: barbarakarchin@yahoo.com
Ramona Lukowski (586) 296-6222 e-mail: s_wrona@msn.com

A guest list will be given to the gate house attendant so you can enter the park! Students MUST be accompanied by a parent/responsible adult. The responsible adult must stay in the park while their students are on the premises.

All parents are invited (as are siblings) to attend. We plan to have a FAPAPA meeting (about 2pm after we eat and relax a bit) to meet one another, share ideas about AAW and we welcome all parents to participate in meetings and activities as their time allows. WE NEED YOUR HELP! This group supports the school’s activities and your children benefit.